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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Call for Entries - PELIKULTURA: The Calabarzon Film Festival 2012

Filmmakers from the Calabarzon region (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) are invited to submit their short films for Pelikultura: The Calabarzon Film Festival 2012, which will be held on Feb. 22-24, 2012 at UP Los Baños.

This year's festival theme continues last year's celebration of a diverse and vibrant Calabarzon culture. In relation to this, there is a call for the region's filmmakers to go back to their roots and tell their home stories rather than flock to the city and forget the stories that nurtured their imagination.

A filmmaker may explore any of the following categories in their work for the festival:

Film submissions may be based on local folk culture, which includes, but is not limited to, topics such as folk practices, rituals, traditions, beliefs (spiritual, religious or superstitious), folklore (riddles, stories, songs), legends and myths, some of which may still be believed by locals at present.

While folk culture is a product of imaginative minds, historical events are a product of actual encounters, not only in the past but also in recent times. Film submissions may be based on actual historical events, well-known or not. It may be a story of an individual, a local hero, a family in town, or the community itself.

A film submission may focus on a place, its character revealed by the lives of people in it. It may be as small as a barrio, an island or as big as a town or province. It may also be a street, an alley, a corner, a crossing and the stories forged in these spaces.

Modern realities may be depicted in the films submitted to the festival. It may tackle everyday stories of children, men and women, family or community related to broader social issues, such as poverty and violence in all forms, environmental issues, developmental issues, etc. The idea is to contextualize local narratives.

Film submissions may tackle political issues significant to a specific locale. It may be a struggle of a marginalized sector of your province--farmers, fisher folks, elderly, women, gays and lesbians, children and youth. This category might overlap with other categories.

Note: These categories are only guidelines. Film submissions are encouraged to explore these themes, but we don't mean to limit the filmmakers' imagination.

Below are the festival competition's rules and guidelines.


1. The competition is open to all filmmakers residing in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) who have films made from January to December 2011. Filmmakers should submit proof of residence (community tax certificate, ID indicating address, barangay clearance, etc.).

2. All entries should be original, including the film's music and all other elements. The filmmaker should secure permission to use all copyrighted materials (music, video clips, etc.) that appear in the film.

3. Entries can be a narrative, documentary or experimental and may be shot in live action or animation. Running time should at least be five (5) minutes and should not exceed 20 minutes. Longer films may be considered for valid reasons but should not exceed 60 minutes.

4. A filmmaker may submit more than one entry. A shortlist of finalists will be released a week after the deadline.

5. The film should have English subtitles in consideration of foreign audience.

6. Filmmaker should notify the organizers if the film contains explicit language and images.

7. Filmmaker should submit duly accomplished submission form, one (1) DVD format and one (1) AVI file of the film, trailer in AVI format, and poster stored in CD as data. All entries should be received on or before Dec. 31, 2011.

Send your entries to:

Department of Humanities, 2nd Floor,
CAS Annex 1 Building, UP Los Baños
Mobile: 0916.3751339

9. The prizes are as follows:

Best Narrative Film: P10, 000
Best Documentary Film: P10, 000
Best Experimental Film: P10, 000

Special awards:

Audience Choice for each film category
Best Performance by an Actress
Best Performance by an Actor
Best Trailer for each film category
Best Poster for each film category

10. Shortlisted filmmakers are official delegates to the festival and should attend it on Feb. 22-24, 2012 at UP Los Baños.

*Rules and Guidelines may be subject to change without prior notice.

In addition to the competition, the festival has special programs for film exhibition. Below are the detailed rules and guidelines.


1. The special exhibition programs are open to all filmmakers, whether residents of Calabarzon or not.

2. All film submissions should be original feature-length or short films of any genre and format. It should be about any of the province included in the Calabarzon region.

3. The films should be made in 2011 although those produced earlier may be considered.

2. There is no limit to the theme and number of film submissions; however, there is no guarantee that all film submissions will be included in the programs.

3. If possible, film submissions should have an English subtitle in consideration of a foreign audience.

4. Filmmaker should submit duly accomplished submission form, one (1) DVD format and one (1) AVI file of the film, trailer in AVI format, and poster stored in CD as data. All entries should be received on or before Dec. 31, 2011.

Send your entries to:

Department of Humanities, 2nd Floor,
CAS Annex 1 Building, UP Los Baños
Mobile: 0916.3751339

5. Those who will be chosen to exhibit their films in the festival will be considered official delegates. As such, they are expected to attend the festival on Feb. 22-24, 2012 at UP Los Baños.

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